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Attorney for Firtash calls on U.S. and Ukrainian presidents to separate 'myths' from 'facts' about his client
KYIV. Sept 2 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Attorney for Ukrainian Businessman Dmytro Firtash Lanny J. Davis in the RealClearDefense media outlet called on Presidents of the United States and Ukraine Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky before their meeting in Washington on September 1 to separate "myths" from "facts" about his client.
Davis said that in 2013, Chicago federal prosecutors announced an indictment of Mr. Firtash of a "scheme" to bribe Indian officials – but they never alleged that Mr. Firtash ever paid any bribes.
The attorney directly rebutted the widely-published assertions that Firtash communicated with either former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani or his associates to assist them and former President Trump in their efforts to "dig up dirt on President Biden and his son." In his piece, Davis reminded President Biden and President Zelensky that among their many common positions and values they "share a record of standing up to bullying and lies by former President Donald Trump."
Davis expressed hope that once Mr. Firtash is vindicated of these baseless charges, his public positions taken in support of "an independent and strong Ukraine" will be of use to Presidents Biden and Zelensky in helping Ukraine in the months and years ahead.
The attorney said that "he should not be extradited to the U.S. since the Austrian court found evidence that the extradition request demonstrated impermissible ‘political motivation’ under the U.S. – Austrian extradition treaty."
Davis is joined in the defense of Mr. Firtash by famous former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, chairman of the law firm of Winston & Strawn.